ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – Hundreds of Missouri dog breeders have tucked tail and left the business.
The Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation says more than 500 commercial kennels have closed up shop since January 2009. That’s when animal welfare groups first launched a statewide ballot campaign to clean up the dog breeding industry. That initiative ultimately led to a compromise on new standards earlier this year.
“I think this signals that many of these people were in it for a quick buck, and the welfare of the dogs was not their primary concern. Once they realized that they have to meet more stringent regulations, they’ve chosen to get out of the business,” says MAAL Executive Director Bob Baker.
Baker tells KMOX he expects such a dramatic drop in licensed facilities will mean increased state inspections for the breeders who have stayed in business.
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